COVID-19: From New York to Australia, masks, travel restrictions, testing as virus cases surge

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Texas outbreak
Texas Covid-19 cases soar weeks after state lifts lockdown restrictions.Image Credit:

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New York
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced their states, which were devastated by early outbreaks that appear to be under control, will require travelers from certain states to quarantine for 24 days upon arrival.Image Credit: AFP

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In Melbourne, health workers planned to go door-to-door to test more than 100,000 residents in a coronavirus hot spot that threatens to undo the nation’s success in battling the virus.Image Credit: Reuters

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The Australian government is set to deploy more than 1,000 soldiers in the state of Victoria to assist in containing a fres COVID-19 outbreak in the second most populated state of the country, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said on Thursday.Image Credit: Reuters

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In the Indian capital of New Delhi, which has reported more than 70,000 cases, authorities said they would conduct house-to-house screening over the coming two weeks. With the city’s hospitals overwhelmed, military personnel were providing care at makeshift medical wards fashioned from railroad coaches.Image Credit: PTI

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The medical team of the Brazilian Armed Forces arrives at the Cruzeirinho village, near Palmeiras do Javari, Amazonas state, northern Brazil, to assist indigenous population amid the COVID-19 pandemic. – As the new coronavirus has ravaged Brazil, more than 7,000 indigenous people have contracted the virus, and more than 300 have died, according to the Brazilian Indigenous Peoples’ Association (APIB), forcing many indigenous groups to take matters into their own hands. Some have locked the world out, banning outsiders and putting up a makeshift roadblock at the entrance to their territory, while others have fled into the jungle.Image Credit: AFP

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China reporting 19 newly confirmed cases nationwide amid mass testing in the capital. Case numbers both nationally and in Beijing were up by only single digits from Wednesday.Image Credit: AFP

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South Korea
South Korea was still struggling to quell an outbreak there, reporting 28 new cases on Thursday, mostly associated with nightlife, churches, a huge e-commerce warehouse and door-to-door sales. But the numbers have not reached the hundreds of new cases every day in late February and early March.Image Credit: AP

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Cases continue to surge in Mexico. It confirmed its second-highest daily coronavirus death toll so far, with 947 fatalities on Wednesday.Image Credit: Reuters

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Europe is looking at ‘smart lockdowns’ Germany, Italy and Portugal are betting on smaller, local shutdowns to prevent new surge, such as in Rheda-Wiedenbrueck where in more than 1,550 people have tested positive for coronavirus at Toennies slaughterhouse.Image Credit: AP

Know the 5 leading coronavirus candidate vaccines: Who’s doing what

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Crowds at Wuhan clinics fear coronavirus testing could rekindle COVID-19

New cases have spurred authorities to launch a citywide search for asymptomatic carriers

Published:  May 16, 2020 10:02
Reuters  and  Compiled by Karishma Nankdeolyar

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Wuhan testing
As Wuhan, the Chinese city where the COVID-19 pandemic began, revs up a massive testing campaign, some residents crowding the test centres expressed concern on Saturday that the very act of getting tested could expose them to the coronavirus.Image Credit: Agencies

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Wuhan testing
Safety has become a hot topic on social media groups among the 11 million residents of Wuhan, people told Reuters as they converged on open-air test sites at clinics and other facilities. Many said, though, that they support the voluntary campaign.Image Credit: Agencies

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Wuhan testing
Wuhan health authorities sprang back into action after confirming last weekend the central Chinese city’s first cluster of new infections since it was released from virtual lockdown on April 8.Image Credit: Reuters

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Wuhan testing
The new cases – all of them people who had previously shown no symptoms of the disease – spurred Wuhan authorities to launch a citywide search for asymptomatic carriers of the virus, aiming to gauge the level of COVID-19 risk. “Some people have expressed worry in the (social media) groups about the tests, which require people to cluster, and whether there’s any infection risk,” said one Wuhan resident who asked not to be named. “But others rebutted those worries, saying such comments are not supportive of the government.”Image Credit: Reuters

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Wuhan testing
The unprecedented scale of testing indicates the official level of concern, some experts say. Others say it is an extremely costly exercise and question its effectiveness. At a testing kiosk in Jianghan district in central Wuhan, a volunteer was patrolling and spraying disinfectant at a long line of people.Image Credit: Reuters

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Wuhan testing
Many people observed social distancing, such as queuing 1 metre apart, and there were signs to remind them. But just as many did not. In some cases, volunteer workers were not insisting that they comply.Image Credit: Reuters

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Wuhan testing
Residents said the authorities have not told them when they would get the results of their tests.Image Credit: Reuters

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Wuhan testing
Residents said the authorities have not told them when they would get the results of their tests. China has confirmed 82,941 cases of COVID-19 as of Friday and 4,633 deaths. The government does not include people found to be asymptomatic carriers of the virus in its tally and does not publish a cumulative number of asymptomatic cases.Image Credit: AFP